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FactHe has played the love interest of both Natalie Wood and her sister Lana Wood in 2 separate films: Tony opposite Natalie's Maria in West Side Story (1961), and Dean opposite Lana's Karen in Scream Free! (1969) (aka Free Grass).

Richard Beymer is an American actor, director, producer, and political activist. He is best known for his roles in West Side Story, The Longest Day, and Twin Peaks.

Beymer was born on February 20, 1939 in Avoca, Iowa, the son of Ethel Mae (née Wollenweber) and George Richard Beymer Sr. His father was a newspaper editor and publisher, and his mother was a homemaker. He has two sisters, Barbara and Nancy. He was raised in a Methodist family.

Beymer began his acting career as a child, appearing in regional theater productions. He made his film debut in the 1956 film Friendly Persuasion. He rose to prominence for his role as Tony in the 1961 film West Side Story. He also appeared in the 1962 film The Longest Day and the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles.

In the 1980s, Beymer appeared in the television series Twin Peaks as Ben Horne. He also directed the 1992 film My Own Private Idaho.

Beymer has been active in politics and social causes. He was a member of the California delegation to the 1984 Democratic National Convention. He has also been involved in environmental causes.

Beymer has been married twice. His first wife was Sharon Tate, with whom he had one daughter, Debra. His second wife is Gloria Marie Steinem, with whom he has one son, Matthew.

Beymer has a net worth of $5 million.

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Full NameRichard Beymer
Height1.88 m
ProfessionActor, Cinematographer, Novelist, Sculptor, Visual Artist
EducationNorth Hollywood High School


ParentsGeorge Richard Beymer, Eunice Beymer


AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
MoviesWest Side Story, The Longest Day, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man, Johnny Tremain, Terminal Station, My Girl 2, Bachelor Flat, Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!, The Stripper, High Time, Foxfire, Danger Island, A Face to Die For, Five Finger Exercise, So ...
TV ShowsTwin Peaks, Paper Dolls

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1[on his attitude towards Natalie Wood on the set of West Side Story (1961) and at a later date]: "I think there was a residue of animosity toward Natalie because of that test for Rebel [Without a Cause], and it contributed to our situation. But a few years later we caught sight of each other at a nightclub on Sunset Strip. Natalie waved, came over to my table, and we talked for a few moments. She was incredibly sweet, left me thinking what a lovely person she was, and I felt genuinely attracted to her."
2[on seeing West Side Story (1961) for the first time]: "I was sort of caught up in my own web of illusion."


1In 1964, Beymer traveled to Mississippi to volunteer in the civil rights movement (that summer was later dubbed "Freedom Summer"). Beymer took a Bolex camera with him; he later edited his footage into a documentary titled "A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer." Beymer's footage has also been edited into many other documentaries on the civil rights era, including Eyes on the Prize and Freedom Summer.
2Currently resides in Iowa [October 2008]
3In West Side Story (1961) his singing was dubbed by Jimmy Bryant.
4He hated his performance in West Side Story (1961) and left the London premiere half way through the film's screening, before he could be presented to Queen Elizabeth II.
5While in Italy filming Barabbas (1961) in 1961, Richard Beymer became captivated by a beautiful high school girl who had been doing extra work in the movie. The following year when he was back in California and the girl too had moved back to the United States, the two renewed communication and he encouraged her to pursue a career in film, which she did. They saw quite a lot of each other for over a year, and remained on friendly terms thereafter. The girl's name was Sharon Tate.
6He has played the love interest of both Natalie Wood and her sister Lana Wood in 2 separate films: Tony opposite Natalie's Maria in West Side Story (1961), and Dean opposite Lana's Karen in Scream Free! (1969) (aka Free Grass).
7February 1977 - One time roommate of Andy Kaufman, he originated on stage at the Improv at 2:30 am the "has-been corner" bit Kaufman used in his TV specials.
8Is probably best remembered for playing Tony in West Side Story (1961).




Five Finger Exercise1962Philip Harrington
Bachelor Flat1961Mike Pulaski
West Side Story1961Tony
High Time1960Bob Bannerman
Playhouse 901959TV SeriesLeRoy Cadman
The Diary of Anne Frank1959Peter Van Daan
Schlitz Playhouse1959TV Series
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1958TV SeriesMark
Sky King1958TV SeriesJoe Belden
Whirlybirds1958TV SeriesJohn Thompson
Navy Log1958TV SeriesEnnis Thompson
Make Room for Daddy1956-1957TV SeriesFreddie Baxter / The Boyfriend
Zane Grey Theater1957TV SeriesShep Jolland
26 Men1957TV SeriesTod Devers
Johnny Tremain1957Rab Silsbee (as Dick Beymer)
The Gray Ghost1957TV SeriesLuke Burnette
Cavalcade of America1954TV Series
So Big1953Roelf, Age 12-16
Indiscretion of an American Wife1953Paul Stevens (as Dick Beymer)
Fourteen Hours1951uncredited
Sandy Dreams1949TV Series
Twin Peaks2017TV SeriesBenjamin Horne
Sadie's Waltz2008ShortGarvus
Family Law2001TV SeriesRichard Collins
Home the Horror Story2000Bob Parkinson
Profiler1999TV SeriesMartin Fizer
Playing Patti1998
Vengeance Unlimited1998TV SeriesDouglas Bradford
Elvis Meets Nixon1997TV MovieBob Haldeman
The X-Files1996TV SeriesDr. Jack Franklin
Foxfire1996Mr. Parks
Flipper1996TV SeriesAndrew Cantrell
The Little Death1996Prosecutor
A Face to Die For1996TV MovieDr. Matthew Sheridan
Murder, She Wrote1987-1996TV SeriesDirk Mathison / Lou Keramides / Richard Lefko / ...
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson1996Chad Leary
State of Emergency1994TV MovieDr. Ronald Frames
My Girl 21994Peter Webb
Under Investigation1993VideoDr. Jerry Parsons
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1993TV SeriesLi Nalas
The Presence1992TV MovieBen
Blackbelt1992Eddie Deangelo
Twin Peaks1990-1991TV SeriesBenjamin Horne
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!1989VideoDr. Newbury
Buck James1987-1988TV SeriesMax
The Bronx Zoo1988TV SeriesMr. Locke
Dallas1987TV SeriesJeff Larkin
Moonlighting1986TV SeriesRay Adamson
Generation1985TV MovieAllan Breed
Paper Dolls1984TV SeriesDavid Fenton
Cross Country1983Evan Bley
Insight1975-1980TV SeriesGod / Josh / Train Conductor
The Innerview1973
Scream Free!1969Dean
Death Valley Days1958-1968TV SeriesZeb Fallon / John Owens
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1967TV SeriesHarry Williams
Dr. Kildare1966TV SeriesRev. Jack Elder
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV SeriesRalph Belmonte
The Virginian1965TV SeriesFrank Colter / Mark Shannon
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesWerner Schiff
The Stripper1963Kenny Baird
The Longest Day1962Pvt. Dutch Schultz
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man1962Nick Adams


It's a Beautiful World2014Documentary
The Juggler of Notre Dame1982TV Movie
Insight1981TV Series 1 episode
The Girl on the Edge of Town1981TV Movie
The Innerview1973
A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer1964Documentary short


It's a Beautiful World2014Documentary
The Innerview1973
A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer1964Documentary short
Insight1960/ITV Series


The Innerview1973
A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer1964Documentary short


It's a Beautiful World2014Documentary
The Innerview1973


The Innerview1973producer


West Side Story1961performer: "Something's Coming" 1957, "Maria" 1957 1957, "Tonight" 1957, "One Hand, One Heart" 1957 - uncredited


Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks2007Video documentary acknowledgment: behind-the-scenes footage and photography provided by


West Side Memories2003Video documentaryHimself
Here's Hollywood1961-1962TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

EW Reunites2017TV Series documentaryBen Horne
Banda sonora2012TV SeriesTony
Gylne tider2010TV Series documentaryBenjamin Horne
San Sebastián 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2005TV SpecialToni (uncredited)
Twin Peaks/Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes1990TV Movie documentaryBenjamin Horne
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1958TV SeriesRab Silsbee


Won Awards

1974Josef von Sternberg AwardMannheim-Heidelberg International FilmfestivalThe Innerview (1973)

Nominated Awards

1991Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Villain: Prime TimeTwin Peaks (1990)
1962Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalWest Side Story (1961)
1962Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleWest Side Story (1961)
1962GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of the YearWest Side Story (1961)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male New Personality6th place.

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